Iowa State Fair, Aug 16, 2023

After a successful launch in 2022, the Iowa State Fair is proud to partner again with presenting sponsor ChildServe to host a Sensory-Friendly Morning at the Iowa State Fair on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The 2023 Sensory-Friendly Morning will provide an environment designed for children and adults with autism or sensory processing disorders in mind. Special programming is planned with modifications, including the mitigation of sounds and motions as much as possible, designated educational areas, directional signage and trained volunteers throughout the Fairgrounds.

Additional calming rooms will be available in 2023, sponsored by ChildServe and staffed by occupational therapists from the organization and will be open to anyone that needs a little time to recharge.

A complete list of Sensory-Friendly Morning activities will be available at

Sensory-Friendly Morning is presented by ChildServe and morning programming is sponsored by Drake University.

Not able to attend on Sensory-Friendly Morning? Find a complete list daily Fair time activities and areas suitable for children and adults with sensory processing disorders and autism at Calming rooms will be open throughout the Fair but will only be staffed during the Sensory-Friendly Morning and afternoon following the designated event time from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16.

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About ChildServe

ChildServe is a specialty pediatric healthcare provider for children and young adults with special healthcare needs. For over 95 years, the organization has partnered with families to help children with special healthcare needs live a great life. ChildServe provides more than 30 services to over 5,600 children in Iowa each year. The organization's array of services are interwoven and streamlined, so families can get many of their child's needs met in one location. ChildServe's key focus areas include: complex medical care, pediatric rehabilitation, autism and behavioral health, and community-based services.